- Cameroonians trooped out to the streets after the indomitable lions defeated Burkina Faso, 2-1 in the opening African Cup on Nations Match on Sunday
- The opening match was the first Cup of Nations game to be held in Cameroon in 50 years
- Vincent Aboubakar was the hero for Cameroon as his brace secured Cameroon’s first win of this year’s competition.
It was wild scenes of jubilations for Cameroonian fans as the Indomitable Lions battled their way to secure a hard-fought win against Burkina Faso in the opening game of the 33rd AFCON.
Gustavo Sangare volleyed home the first goal of the tournament after Andre Onana had misjudged Traore’s cross and crashed into another Burkina Faso player but two reckless challenges from captain Bertrand Traore and Issoufou Dayo gave the Lions two vital penalties which were coolly tucked away by Vincent Aboubakar to seal all three points for Cameroon.
The victory preserved Cameroon’s unbeaten home record in competitive games that stretches back to 1973 the Guardian reports.
Fans of the Indomitable Lions took to the streets after the game to celebrate in their numbers as parties were organized in several parts of the country.
This was the first AFCON game to be played in Cameroon for 50 years which was the last time they hosted the competition and it was obvious the fans had waited so long to have this moment.
It was earlier reported by The Punch that the Stallions of Burkina Faso suffered setbacks as their coach, Kamou Malo, and six other players tested positive to COVID-19.
The Burkina Faso team also filed a complaint to the Confederation of African Football, claiming double standards maltreatment before the game.
Cameroon will next take to the pitch against Ethiopia on Thursday January 13 while Burkina Faso will square up against Cape Verde.
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Earlier Sportsbrief had reported Odion Ighalo has tendered an apology for his inability to be available for the 2021 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon and has wished his teammates the best of luck in the competition.
The former Manchester United striker made the Super Eagles final list for the AFCON 2021, but his club in the Saudi Arabia Al Shabab failed to release him for the showpiece.
Those in charge of Al Shabab are reported to have claimed that there is a clause in Odion Ighalo's deal with them which makes it impossible for him to play for Nigeria at this year's AFCON.